The Chattogram port today set up two new scanners, each of them having the capacity of scanning 150 containers every hour.
National Board of Revenue Chairman Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem inaugurated a scanner at the third gate of New Mooring Container Terminal at the country's prime port.
The other scanner has been set up at the first gate of General Cargo Berth.
With the installation of the FS 6000 series scanners from China, the total number of scanners in the port now stands at seven.
The port had earlier three scanners operating in fourth and fifth gates of general cargo berth and second gate of the Chattogram container terminal, Chittagong customs' sources said.
There were two more mobile scanners operating in the second gate of the general cargo berth and in the second gate of the Chattogram container terminal.
"The port authority handles the containers and the customs authority here play a supporting role," the NBR chairman said in the inauguration programme.
"The existing machines could scan imported containers only. The new machines will also scan containers having export products," he said adding that this will speed up activities at the port.
Chattogram customs house Commissioner Md Fakhrul Alam and Chittagong port authority member (Harbour and Marine) Commodore M Shafiul Bari, among others, spoke at the function.
NBR member Khandakar Muhammad Aminur Rahman presided over the inaugural ceremony.